Suzanne Bowen : Monetizing IP Communications
Suzanne Bowen
37 yrs in telecom, teaching, blog & grant writing, biz development, marketing, & PR. Favorite moments in life involve time w/ family & friends, networking, IP communications industry verticals & horizontals, running, traveling, foreign languages
| 1. "Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition..." Barack Obama ..... 2. "One of the sad signs of our times is that we have demonized those who produce, subsidized those who refuse to produce, and canonized those who complain." By Thomas Sowell

Target and Casper, Retail is now like Telecom

Retailers are now a lot like broadband providersCasper sells a mattress that rolls up and comes in a box and has rave...

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Merger Synergies and CX

Sonus is merging with GENBAND. Last year Sonus bought Taqua for $20M. The talk is all about synergies and higher EBITDA....

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Telecom Tidbits # 2457

Some help with Robocalls. Pass it along. Private equity firm, TPG, last year acquired RCN and Grande. Now they are grabbing...

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Is the Cisco VNI Right?

I come across many business plans that utilize the Cisco VNI, and these business plans and business often speak of it...

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What Happened to LinkedIn?

This week there have been two posts on my feed about "We can connect but don't spam me!" The discussion was...

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If Starting Today as an Agent

If I was starting my telecom agency today, what would I do? When I started in 1999, I was selling basically...

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The Rise of AI in Communications

Data, Data everywhere but not a byte to thinkData, Data everywhere buy why are the bytes not linked? As economical compute power...

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Understanding the Plus and Minus of Private or Public Peering

February 11, 2010

Everything you ever wanted to know about peering and better I found in this surprise location on the web at Drpeering.net. There is a great debate on the good, bad and ugly of both public and private peering. The site mentioned their notes they gathered from a debate at NANOG in Seattle, Washington to create the diagrams and arguments. The group compared notes and practices, and preferences for public or for private peering.

They provide five reasons for each with a conclusion of...

Motorola Droid or Blackberry Curve?

February 11, 2010

People in the circles I run are full of early adopters and especially in regards to cell phones. I surveyed and researched. I took a small group to Best Buy and Verizon with me. We played with every cell phone and settled on...

Here's my list, well, my experience in using cell phones:
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Telefónica Bought Jajah and Now Partners with Wikipedia

February 4, 2010

Telefónica is on a roll. They acquired Jajah, a web-activated, mobile web telephony, and direct number call  service provider, in December 2009. Recently they partnered with Wikipedia. The company Jajah is known for its Latin-American audience in mobile and online services. 

"It's a three-year strategic partnership to make Wikimedia's educational content available on Telefónica Web and mobile portals in the entire Telefónica footprint."

A slight shift in topic, I remember meeting them the first time at an EXPO COMM Mexico conference.



Advice from Barcelonians During Your GSMA Conference Stay

February 4, 2010

Social networking online has connected me with some of the coolest people in the world. I even met my business partner and my husband through it. I recently asked many industry friends in Barcelona their advice for me and others who are attending GSMA Mobile World Congress Feb. 15-18, 2010. 

Where to go? Where to stay?

Open Source Telephony and Social Media, Can't Take Them Seriously

February 3, 2010

 Interested in how small and large businesses are using social media like Twitter and open source telephony like Asterisk, openSIPS, Kamailio. and FreeSWITCH? We often want to pretend that what we do not understand "new disruptive ideas and services," i.e., social media and open source telephony... they cannot possibly be taken seriously, right?   One response to open source impact on overall communications industry recently included, "We view these solutions as helping to expand the overall market for VoIP by increasing awareness and enabling new applications to be envisioned..."   Is it true?

China Mobile Adds Chine-Ease for International Roaming Via Extra DID

February 2, 2010

Just passing on some good news. Chine-Ease enables China Mobile subscribers using international roaming services to be given roaming facilities in China at the cheapest rates possible.

`Chine-Ease´ subscribers will be given a `China Mobile´ number, mapped with their ZONG number; enabling them to have two numbers on one SIM. Now, the China Mobile number will serve as the calling number, when the subscriber is in China. The ZONG number will serve as the calling number when the subscriber is in Pakistan or in any other country.

The calling number is switched automatically, according to the registered network and location while incoming calls can be received on both numbers. 

This service will allow subscribers to avail the cheapest rates on roaming while in China and at the same time have the convenience of carrying their regular ZONG SIM.

Awais Malik, Director Segment, Products & International Business, ZONG, while expressing his views said that the new service would particularly benefit people who travel frequently to China and do not want the inconvenience of purchasing local SIMs for making calls .

"Giving our subscribers the best possible rates and a wide range of services is the hallmark of ZONG philosophy.









Need to Pay Attention to Middle East and Africa Telecom Growth

February 1, 2010

"The Middle East and Africa regions represent some of the highest growth markets for telecommunications, media and technology in the world," said Sudip Nandy, chief executive officer at Aricent. "We are very pleased to add Delta Partners as a new investor in Aricent, and look forward to their expertise and support of our business."

That's a quote from EthiopianReview. The Middle East and Africa is experiencing phenomenal growth in telecommunications market and revenue, more so than other areas of the world with maybe Asia coming in next. 

Throughout the year, I speak to thousands of IP communications companies who use our DIDX service for wholesale direct inward dialing. We have an in-house developed statistics reporting software that is consistently showing growth in numbers, companies, and sales in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Some of the most popular DID phone number areas are Vietnam and Kenya.



IPsmarx New Ticketing and Email Marketing Features

January 25, 2010

IPsmarx Calling Card and VoIP Provider clients get two new features to enable: ticket system and email marketing tool. They also invited by the IPsmarx team to participate in Haitian reliefs with them.

The new ticketing solution by IPsmarx will improve the information work flow within your company by establishing a centralized system that can be used to create, update, and resolve customers' issues. This online ticketing system makes it easy for end users to report an issue or make a request. Each ticket that is opened has a unique reference number that allows the customer service and support teams to quickly locate and respond to the ticket.

IP Communications Fuel Haiti Relief Efforts

January 13, 2010

Vocati Communications, a DIDX partner, provides one of the few communications channels that are live right now in Haiti. Andres Acero and/or Bill McCarthy who in Haiti now will be interviewed by CBS co-anchor concerning these efforts. I am asking you to collaborate with Vocati to bring peace, stability, and life repair back to the Haitans. We are especially looking for donations in IP communications area.

How?

SIP Trunk Summit: Compelling Reason to Attend ITEXPO

January 13, 2010

But don't believe me. I interviewed Steven Johnson, a president of Ingate Systems, the group who is producing the SIP Trunk Summit for your satisfaction.

It is scheduled at ITEXPO January 20-22, 2010 in Miami Beach, Florida. Listen to Steve talk about it on the DIDX podcast. Read the transcript of his talk with me.

You'll meet reps like Graham Francis from TheSIPSchool and also those from Avaya, Digium, Ingate itself, ShoreTel, VOIPSA, Bandwidth.com, Dialogic,  Cbeyond, Mitel NetSolutions, The SIP School, Intertex Data, DataAB, and the SIP Forum. Participate in the complete sessions and get one valuable SIP certificate.



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